Saturday, December 3, 2016

Harry Thomas Chin

Serial Number and Rank: 2880
Birth:  31 May 1900 Milton, 1900/23840
Parents:  Walter Ford Chin & Eliza Susanna Leaney
Enlisted:  Holsworthy
Next of Kin:  M. Eliza Chin
Not mentioned an any local roll whilst his brother is on the following:
Church of England (Chinn)
RSL Honour Roll (Chinn)
Milton Town Memorial (Chin)
Milton Primary School (Chinn)
Brother – Frederick Walter Ford Chin

Harry Thomas Chin was born at Milton in 1900. In November 1917 Harry was working at Kiama in the ‘Phone Department’, when he was appointed as Letter carrier at Milton Post Office. He later started work as a clerk with the Federal Taxation Department in Sydney.

Harry enlisted for war service in August 1918, a few months after he had turned 18 years. Upon his medical examination he was only considered him fit for home service, and appointed as a guard at Holsworthy Concentration Camp.  Harry was 5 feet 5 inches in height and the medical doctor felt that Harry’s physique was below stranded for overseas service and also due to the fact he was underage.

The Holsworthy Concentration Camp was the largest internment camp in Australia during First World War located at Holsworthy, near Liverpool on the outskirts of Sydney. The camp held 6,890 internees, most having German or Austrian parentage. The camp grew from a collection of tents to a small town of huts complete with theatres, restaurants and cafes, other small businesses, an orchestra and sporting and educational activities. The Holsworthy Concentration Camp remained open until 5 May 1920 when the last internees and prisoners of war were repatriated.

Harry was discharged in February 1919 at his own request which was also supported by the Federal Taxation Department in Sydney. Harry felt that if he did not report back to work, he would have to resign and also the Department was shorthanded and he services were required for the 1918 – 1919 income and land assessments.

Harry name does not appear on any local honour rolls. The Chin family have local connections with the Kells, Gatehouse, Ingold, Woods families.

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